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8 Strands of Gifted Education: Learning Targets

(1) Critical Thinking

Students will…

  1. Use critical thinking to inquire about a topic, problem or issue.
  2. Use appropriate critical thinking skills to analyze a topic, problem or issue.
  3. Use reflection as a critical thinking tool.
  4. Use critical thinking to problem solve a topic, problem or issue.



(2) Problem Solving

Students will…

  1. Determine, collect, and organize the relevant data needed to solve real-world problems.
  2. Evaluate the reasonableness of solutions to real-world problems.
  3. Apply problem solving strategies to solve problems related to basic living skills.
  4. Draw logical conclusions and make generalizations using deductive and inductive reasoning.
  5. Determine the validity of an argument or a solution.



(3) Communication

Students will…

  1. Demonstrate awareness and purpose in composing text.
  2. Exhibit effective speaking skills for both peers and elders.
  3. Utilize oral and written directions to lead a group to accomplish a common goal.
  4. Experiment with new media and technology as communications tools.
  5. Assimilate complex ideas or concepts and interpret that information for audiences of varied levels.



(4) Research

Students will…

  1. Identify a topic, problem or issue and formulate questions for research.
  2. Select and apply a research methodology appropriate for the topic, problem or issue.
  3. Access information from a variety of primary and secondary sources through print, electronic and other media.
  4. Assess the validity reliability and relevance of information collected from different sources.
  5. Organize and analyze data.
  6. Synthesize and interpret data to develop conclusions and implications in the light of the problem(s) researched.
  7. Plan, pace, implement, and evaluate an independent project.
  8. Select an appropriate medium to communicate the results of research.
  9. Demonstrate effective allocation of time and resources.



(5) Creativity

Students will be able to…

  1. Use fluency of thought to develop creative thinking behaviors.
  2. Use flexibility of thought to develop creative thinking behaviors.
  3. Use originality of thought to develop creative thinking behaviors.
  4. Use elaboration of thought to develop creative thinking behaviors.



(6) Affective

Students will…

  1. Develop an understanding of self in relationship to their and others perceptions of giftedness.
  2. Identify with others situation, feelings or motives (empathy).
  3. Demonstrate task commitment to projects and activities (persistence).
  4. Become masters of their own learning (intrinsic motivation).
  5. Develop communication, self-control, and interpersonal skills to enhance relationships with their peers and adults (social competency)



(7) Responsibility

Students will…

  1. Be accountable for their academic obligations.
  2. Be responsible for maintaining an environment that is conducive to learning.
  3. Develop an attitude of self-confrontation when issues of ethics and character arise.



(8) Technology

Students will…

  1. Demonstrate the ability to use the Internet as a research tool.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to use a computer to publish their work.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to use a computer to create multi-media products.